Born in Detroit, the artist Austin Martin White’s first show at Petzel
Gallery debuts a materially layered body of work navigating the complex
histories of identity. The works in Familiar Dysphoria feel very contemporary
in their aesthetic contradictions. Leveraging frequent use of grid patterns,
burnt umbers, and ornate floral framing devices, there is an intentionally
baroque visual construct that houses a world of high saturated colors.
Filled with the soft, boundless edges of spray paint, White shows us that
just like the materiality of these works, history, and identity along with it,
can always shape shift.